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Teaching summarizing

This freebie is meant to help readers distinguish between retelling and summarizing fiction text. Why is that important? Retelling is great for sequencing skills and retaining information, however it requires a relatively low cognitive load. Summarizing, on the other hand, challenges readers to focus on the big picture, paraphrase the author's words, and determine which events are the most important to the overall theme of the book.

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Writing Summaries

Year after year my students struggled with summaries, and then I started using this method for teaching summary writing. Eureka! I will never again teach this skill without this summary anchor chart.

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5 Hands-on Strategies to Teach Reading Comprehension for ESL Students

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Learning about summarizing...by classifying!

Learning about summarizing...by classifying! Check out this easy lesson that got us started talking about what makes a quality summary!

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